Pubs, churches, schools, shops and residents served coffees, teas and delicious cakes to raise money for a great cause.
Macmillan Cancer Support held its annual World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday last week (September 25), and plenty of people in the area got involved.
In Stamford, Trinity Methodist Church in Barn Hill turned its regular cafe The Well into a fundraiser, with plenty of cakes for people to enjoy. Jan Hetherington, who helped organiser Pat Hagan serve visitors, said: “We’ve been doing it for several years. We raised more than £100 last year and we’re already doing well this year.”
The Crown Hotel had an impressive collection of baked goods, some supplied by staff and some donated by the public. Organiser Monica King said: “Four of us have unfortunately suffered cancer related deaths, three as parents, so it’s quite close to home.”
The United Reform Church Hall in Broad Street was packed with people enjoying a hot drink on market day. Volunteer Ishobel Macnab said: “The church doubles the money we take to give us an extra boost.”
Staff at Marks and Spencer in Stamford held their own coffee morning, but to involve customers they also put on a raffle. And staff donated money to be able to splat a cream pie in the face of their manager, Caroline Hemming. She said: “We’ve raised about 500 so far with more to go.”
In Bourne, plenty of people turned out to Bourne Methodist Church to enjoy a cup of coffee and a delicious cake. Organiser Megan Croucher was delighted with the response for the charity event, of which plenty of local businesses had donated raffle prizes to help raise funds.
There was even more cakes at Rippingale Village Hall, much to the delight of the villagers who came along for the mornings event.
Organisers Sue Dorricott-Leslie and Anne Williams took on the role of ‘chief tea pourers’ - making sure everyone’s cups were full.
They said: “We all know someone that’s been affected by cancer, so we thought we’d do our best to help raise funds.”
Family, friends and residents of Digby Court in Bourne also held a jam-packed coffee morning for Macmillan, with plenty of chocolate cakes to go around.
In the Deepings, the Iron Horse Ranch House, in High Street, Market Deeping held its very own coffee morning with a difference by giving it a 1940s theme.
Visitors were treated to hits from the decade by Rachel Eyre, alongside teas, coffees, cakes, home-made breads, chutneys and jams.
A total of £633.58 was raised at the event, thanks to plenty of generous donations. Organiser, Diane Wheatley said: “It was a manic day.”
Shoppers poured into Barrowden and Wakerley Community Shop for their coffee morning, where staff were delighted with the support shown.
The coffee morning is established in the South Luffenham calendar with villagers holding their 10th annual event.
About 50 people showed their support. One of the organisers Sue Geary was pleased to report that the event had so far raised £240.
She added: “The atmosphere was absolutely lovely.”
Adele Stainsby, who helped to organise the event at Essendine Village Hall, echoed that saying: “There was a nice community atmosphere.”
It was the second annual event in Essendine and this year’s raised just over £200.
Impact in Market Place, Oakham, had so many cakes donated that staff also ran their event on Saturday.
Shop owner Lauren Brand was delighted that the event raised £721.
The Oakham branch of C0-operative Funeralcare raised £70 with its coffee morning and raffle and staff thanked everyone who supported the event.
And Castle Cottage Cafe also held a coffee morning, raising £40 to add to the total.
Oakham Bowls Club held a coffee morning for members, friends and neighbours of the club, raising a fantastic £606, while Cottesmore Village Pre-School raised £191 thanks to the support of parents.